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Neighbours, council say no to daycare
A proposal to rezone a Coquitlam property for a daycare that would serve up to 40 children was denied this week due to neighbours' concerns.
After a public hearing Monday, city council voted 6-1 against the plan for 283 Hart St., saying area residents were against the daycare because it would create too much noise and traffic.
The property is located in what one homeowner described as a "Bermuda Triangle" for traffic: It is between Lougheed Highway (across from the Kia car dealership), Alderson Avenue and Hart Street, which is a short road.
According to a city staff report, applicant Danuta Rodski wanted to convert the 77-year-old home into a licensed Montessori childcare facility, operating weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with five staff members; however, only six on-site parking spaces were dedicated for the business.
"I think this is a very distinct little nest of traffic problems," Coun. Neal Nicholson said of the area. And while daycare is needed, Coun. Lou Sekora added, "I think the people in the area have a good reason why they don't want it in there and it's because of the traffic."
Coun. Mae Reid said parking is already jammed in the neighbourhood due to illegal secondary suites.
Meanwhile, on another rezoning bid, city council unanimously approved a subdivision plan for 1392 Kingston St. on Burke Mountain. Applicant Noura Construction wants to split the property into four estate single-family lots and protect the riparian area of West Smiling Creek.